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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 8542
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A must do in New Zealand as we're talking on seeing real wild life. We were able to see them... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Maria P
Unique and amazing experience!

Our group of seven did the Pohatu Penguin overnight experience and just loved it all! Kevin picked... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with seals and other wildlife -24 or 48 hour package including accommodation in the middle of the penguin colony
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Travellers talk about
“flea bay” (68 reviews)
“nesting boxes” (26 reviews)
“penguins coming” (12 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542

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Reviewed yesterday

A must do in New Zealand as we're talking on seeing real wild life. We were able to see them swiming on their way to shore, on the rocks and on the nest. You feel that although you're an intruder you don't damage their habitat...More

Thank Maria P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our group of seven did the Pohatu Penguin overnight experience and just loved it all! Kevin picked us up in Akaroa and drove us to Flea Bay with lots of information to share. He dropped some of our group at the top of one section...More

Thank AWWTG
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our Kayaking Safari at the Pohatu Penguin Habitat, Flea Bay was such a fantastic experience, I would recommend it to anyone visiting Akaroa. Our cruise ship arrived in port and tendered, the weather was appalling and the tenders were late arriving to shore, but Kevin...More

Thank Judith1964
Reviewed 2 days ago

We felt very blessed to have the chance to see and be so close to these fantastic little creatures. Kevin was very well informed and very patiently was able to pass along a lot of that information to a multi-national tour group. The whole experience...More

Thank irishcode
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had an extraordinary time. The drive to the penguin colony was a treat all by itself with great views, and information on flora and fauna. Then the hike, to where the penguin nesting boxes were, was amazing. We were able to see adults sitting...More

Thank Jeff P
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Awesome, Thanks so much for your review, Yip it's the cute stage of the year, November the chicks are still Fluffy and the adults are still hanging out with them. Thanks again.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent tour of parts of the peninsula and wildlife tour. Well worth your time. The van trip to the cove where you see the penguins is as interesting as any other part of the tour. Suggest warm clothes and sturdy footwear as there is some...More

Thank William F
Pohatu_penguins, Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your review, Sounds like Luke was your guide, Ill let him know you had a great time. He will be pleased it's his first review as he just started working with us. Thanks kindly.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A very informative tour run by very friendly, knowledgeable people that are extremely passionate about protecting the Little Blue Penguin. We would highly recommend taking this tour!

Thank aclarke1956
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your nice comment. It is easy to be pationate when the birds are so cute isn't it? 😄 Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holidays. Kindly. Kevin.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This group is doing great work for penguin conservation. They make the experience fun without negatively affecting these wild creatures. Highly recommended!More

Thank SusanMike_740
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello there, We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for sharing your thoughts on Tripadvisor. Thank you also for understanding what we do and that we are to protect the penguins and other native wildlife and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family business that runs the tour and also owns the farm where they raise sheep and build habitats for the Blue Penguin. Joey was our guide and also the daughter of the land owner. We got to visit their farm to feed and hold the...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts on your time with us. Joey is indeed a great guide that has grown up with the penguins and so know quite a lot with a few good stories. Around 300...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were planning to take a boat tour while in Akaroa but it was canceled due to winds. We stopped at the local i-SITE to explore other options and came across this penguin tour. This excursion, booked as an afterthought, was truly one of the...More

Thank AndreaAMS
Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you so very much for your kind comments. I am sorry that you missed your tour boat but there is a silver-lining everywhere isn't it? We are indeed a small family owned and operated business with for main focus the preservation of...More

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Tina G
2 November 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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calebbrewster
24 April 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Sorry we don't do pick ups from Christchurch, But the French connection Shuttle works well with all Pohatu penguin day tours. They get you to Akaroa around 10am-10.30am and depart around 4pm , it gives us time to... More
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Jwenad
5 March 2017|
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for your question, Sometimes we have penguins in Rehabilitation and Shireen or one of the guides will feed these penguins in front of you, Shireen only touches these penguins to feed them, we never cuddle... More
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